Monday, March 26, 2012

Discover Mid-Century Modern in East Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids


Date: Tuesday, 3/27/2012

Location: East Grand Rapids Library, 746 Lakeside Dr SE
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

Discover the Mid-Century Modern neighborhoods of Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids. This photographic journey provides a look at some of the area’s architectural gems completed between 1940-1970 and features buildings designed by nationally known architects as well as local architects and builders. Join us for a fun, informative evening.

Kent District Library has wonderful resources on this topic. Check out this link, stop by your KDL branch or call 616-784-2007 for assistance.

Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library. For adults. This is a free event.

Photograph courtesy of “Better Homes and Gardens Magazine,” September 1958

Friday, March 23, 2012


This coming Sunday, March 25, is the final day of:

Everyone Gathers to Read in EGR

It is also the culmination of the first ArtWalk in EGR. This cooperation between the Library and our public schools has been a great success. Art from our students is displayed at many Gaslight Village shops and restaurants as well as in the Library. If you have ...not done so already, please take a walk through the Village to see the beautiful art work! Pick up an art map at the library so you can see all the locations.

To celebrate the end of our special March programs please join us at 2:00 pm enjoy the following:

Musical concert by Thistle Head, a local Celtic musical group, sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Art by school students

Food from Gaslight restaurants and stores: Osta's, Ramona's Table, Rose's, Big Bob's and D&W

This is a free event! Hope to see many here to support our community!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Literary Herb Gardens with Margaux Drake at the EGR Library

Sign up for this free class on Sunday, March 11 at with Margaux Drake at the EGR Library.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of East Grand Rapids

Learn how to re- purpose all kinds of unique containers and make them into table top herb gardens! These scrumptious little container gardens may then be transplanted outside when warm weather arrives! A few lucky attendees will go home with a little garden of their own. All will go home with instructions and perhaps a kit.

“Margaux Drake is the WOTV 4 Women expert for healthy eats! This Certified Raw Food Chef owns, The M. Drake Company, an interior design, garden design and plant-based cuisine consultancy where she helps create ‘Heaven on Earth’ spaces for her diverse clientele.

“I get to spend each day feeding my true passion. Whether I’m on my hands and knees in the garden planting seeds or turning those seeds, when mature, into a tasty meal for my family I LOVE it,” Margaux said. “I am focused on creating a healthy Heaven on Earth-Home for my family. What’s not to like about that?!”

A graduate of The University of Michigan, she has over a decade of design experience. Her philanthropy, The Giving Gardens, allows her to play in gardens all over Michigan but she also loves to grow her own fruit, vegetables and herbs at home in her family’s organic kitchen garden. Margaux’s home, garden and recipes are featured regularly in newspapers, magazines, radio and on television. Margaux’s enthusiasm for healthy eats is contagious! Her daughter, at the age of 10, became one of the youngest certified raw food chefs in the country. In addition to her professional work her other passions include her role as a wife and mother of three, a vintage car enthusiast and as an ultra-marathoner and a triathlete.

Healthy food has been part of Margaux’s life for over twenty years and she’s excited to share her experiences with West Michigan women in a new way.

“From vegetarianism, to veganism; from having babies, to raising children; from Ironman races, to Ultra-marathons; from growing food, to harvesting seeds for the next season…I’ve developed many ideas, tips and techniques that will inspire West Michigan Women to live a healthier lifestyle and will give them reliable tools with which to build their own HEALTHY Heaven on Earth-Home.” WOTV4

Visit these sites to learn more about Margaux:

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Getting Ready for the Winter Book Sale!

Hope to see everyone there. What a fantastic selection of books for all ages! We also have DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and many other interesting finds! Tell your friends and bring your neighbors about the:

Saturday, January 28th, 2012
9:00am - 4:00pm

East Grand Rapids Middle School
Lake Drive SE

If you are a member of the Friends you will be automatically invited to the Pre-Sale:
Friday, January 27, 2012
6:30pm - 8:30pm
East Grand Rapids Middle School

Not a member of the Friends? Not a problem!
You may fill out a membership form at the EGR Library in the days leading up to the sale or you may become a member the night of the sale.

All proceeds from membership and book sales support the East Grand Rapids Library.

Thanks to all who have attended our sales through the years!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Used Book Sale - Saturday, June 18, 9am - 4pm

"Got Books?"
The Library will take them!
Are you doing spring cleaning or have some books left from your garage sale?
Bring them to the library. It sure will help our cause!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Beerhorst Family - Art and Family Life

Sunday, April 17, 2011
2:00 pm
Free Event at the Library!

Rick and Brenda Beerhorst, well known Grand Rapids artists and ArtPrize winners, will talk about their art, music and family life. We will get a chance to view some of their works and observe demonstrations of woodblock printing and rug hooking. Perhaps there will be an opportunity to purchase some of their original artworks too! If the weather is nice, we are hoping that they will bring their "Art Wagon" along to the library! Don't miss this free family program sponsored by the Friends of the Library of East Grand Rapids.

Please visit to learn more about this talented family!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wonderful Concert!

The Wealthy Orphans gave a fantastic concert this afternoon at the library. The fireplace provided the warmth from the new snow as the band kept a captive audience. What talent! If you haven't already, please check out these websites for more information about this great local group and

A snippet of one of the songs enjoyed today!

Friday, January 28, 2011


Tell your neighbor and bring your friends!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
9:00am - 4:00 pm

Thousands of books! Audio-visual galore!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Rick Beerhorst's Wealthy Orphans Concert at the East Grand Rapids Library February 20, 2011

The Wealthy Orphans
Picture courtesy of

Date: Sunday, February 20, 2011
Activity: The Wealthy Orphans
Quiet, acoustic music concert upstairs in the library

Time: 2:00 - 3:30pm

The Beerhorst family is known for its art and music. They were involved in ArtPrize 2010!/beerhorstplanb

To read about the Beerhorst Family please see:
"Living as a Work of Art"
Kelly Quintanilla | Thursday, December 10, 2009. Rapid Growth Blog

This is a free family concert.


Sale for All
Saturday, January 29, 2011, 9am - 4pm

Presale for Members of the Friends of the EGR Library-
Friday, January 28, 2011, 6:30-8:30pm
Sign-up ahead of time at the library or at the door the night of the sale.

Location: East Grand Rapids Middle School, Cafeteria, 2425 Lake Drive, SE

Do we have a sale for you! Thousands of books, over 30 categories for all ages. Don't forget this includes lovely sets of books, antiquarian and coffee table books. There are also DVDs and VHS, books on CD and cassette, vinyl albums and a small selection of computer games.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Beautiful Music on the lake!

The library was filled with the sweet music of strings on Sunday afternoon, November 7. The Ash Grove String Quartet plied their talents to a standing room only crowd. Attendees enjoyed the music and the venue. . .a window looking out at Reeds Lake!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Sunday, November 7, 2010
East Grand Rapids Library
746 Lakeside Dr. SE

Irena Kocharova and Mary Kladder on violin, Christy Wiersma on viola
and Lorene Turkalo on cello

Back by popular demand, this local quartet will entertain library patrons with classical pieces, including those by Italian, Spanish and Russian composers. This group of musicians ply their talents at local venues such as St. Cecilia’s and Festival of the Arts, as well as private concerts and weddings. This is a free family concert.

This is a free family concert sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Monday, September 13, 2010

Navajo Creation Story Recap

An interested group of people attended our program Sunday afternoon. Lecturer, Sharon Whitehill, spoke of the Navajo Creation Story pointing out similarities between other cultures and their creation stories.

Sharon Whitehill

Thanks to all for attending and participating in the discussion.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Sharon Whitehill will present the Navajo Creation Story. Included in her presentation will be a painting depicting the creation story of Emergence and also some sand painting illustrations.

For 32 years, Sharon was a professor at Grand Valley State University, teaching literature courses, world mythology and writing courses. She is now retired and enjoys teaching courses for adults in Michigan and in Florida during the winter months.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Saturday, June 19, 2010
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
East Grand Rapids Middle School
2425 Lake Drive, SE
Presale for Friends Members
East Grand Rapids Middle School

2425 Lake Drive, SE
Friday, June 18, 2010
6:30 - 8:30 pm
You may sign up to be a member before the sale at the Library or at the door!

Here are some valuable Friends' links:

Membership form

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Linda Nemec Foster, Grand Rapids Poet Laureate to Visit East Grand Rapids Library

On Saturday, March 27, 2:00pm Grand Rapids' first poet laureate, Linda Nemec Foster, will be at the library to speak about her work and read her poetry. Linda will be available to sign copies of her newest collection of poetry, Talking Diamonds.

Please visit Linda's website to learn more about her life and writings

Lincoln Program a Rousing Success!

Library patrons were treated to a standing room only visit from President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln on Saturday afternoon, February 13. Fred and Bonnie Priebe did not disappoint the crowd with their impersonations. This was quite an educational program for young and old alike!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Great Used Book Sale! Thanks to EVERYONE for your continued support!

Hopefully everyone went home with fun finds!

A little romance anyone?

Thousands of books from which to choose!

All proceeds benefit the East Grand Rapids Library. This year the Friends used funds raised to purchase 12 new laptop computers for computer classes. We also support programming, special projects and book collections, new furniture and other areas that need our sponsoring. What a wonderful community and a fabulous library!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

FANTASTIC USED BOOK SALE, January 29 and 30, 2010

Friday, January 29. 6:30 - 8:30pm Friends Only Presale.
You may sign up for a membership at the door or ahead of time at the EGR Library.
Family $10
Contributing $25
Sustaining $50
Patron $100 or more

Our membership form is found online.

Saturday, January 30. 9:00am - 4:00pm

East Grand Rapids Middle School
2425 Lake Drive, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Questions: Call the library (616) 784-2007

Come and browse and find those titles for which you have been searching! Thousands of books in over 30 categories are waiting for a home on your bookshelves! The Friends' semi-annual sale is always fun. We have books for all ages.

Also included in the sale are DVDs, VHS, CDS, vinyl albums, and assorted sundries. Special categories include collectible coffee table and antiquarian books.

Adult Books-
$1.00 paperbacks
$2.00 hardcover

Coffee table, sets and antiquarian books - individually priced

Kids' Books -
$.50 paperbacks
$1.00 hardcover

$2.00 (individual) DVDs (sets priced higher)
$1.00 VHS

$.50 individual audio cassettes

Monday, November 30, 2009

Herbs: Recipes, Crafts & Gifts at the East Grand Rapids Library! December 5, 2009

Successful and fun program by Connie Hanson! On December 5th a nice crowd enjoyed learning about spices, recipes and gifts. Tasting the goods that Connie brought to share was divine. The Friends hope to bring Connie back in spring 2010 to present another seasonal program. Stay tuned!

Join the Friends of the Library this Saturday, December 5 at 2:00pm for a special free workshop presented by Connie Hanson. Connie, former owner of the local Scents of Summer Herb Shop, will share recipes and herbal gift ideas. There will be plenty of tasting at this creative gathering! See you at the library!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ash Grove String Quartet Concert Simply Wonderful!

Approximately 80 people attended our Sunday afternoon concert at the library. The musicians were well received by the crowd!

Even the little ones were entranced by the music!

Thanks to all who participated and attended!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ash Grove String Quartet - November 22, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Classical Sunday Concert

Sunday, November 22, 2009 2:00pm - 3:30pm Free Concert
Join us in the East Grand Rapids Library on a fall afternoon with the beautiful sounds of the Ash Grove String Quartet.

Grand Rapids-based Ash Grove String Quartet plays intense works of once famous, nearly forgotten Italian, Spanish and Russian composers.

The Ash Grove String Quartet, which was formed about a dozen years ago, consists of Irena Kocharova and Mary Kladder on violins, Christy Wiersma on viola, and Lorene Turkalo on cello. They play for weddings, receptions, and other events, as well as performing string quartet concerts at Festival of the Arts, the Art Grand Rapids Art Museum and at Saint Cecelia. They are also active individually playing and teaching.

Music, a fireplace and a lovely comfortable setting for a relaxing Sunday afternoon.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Fantastic June Book Sale!

Another great sale, Saturday, June 20, 2009 at the EGR Middle School. Our presale for Friends of the EGR members was also a hit the night before :) If you have not been to one of our sales, you will get a chance again in January 2010. Don't forget the Friends' Corner at the East Grand Rapids library. It is an ongoing sale packed with lots of goodies!

Monday, June 1, 2009

What's Under There: Reed's Lake Ecology and Fishing Expo

Captain Bill Poisson with his catch of the day in 1953

Discover the wonders of life under the waves of Reed's Lake with a fun afternoon of fishing trivia, lore, and legend and uncover ways we affect the lake environment.

Share your photographs with us!
People can start bringing in their photos anytime.
They should be unframed.
We'll put them on display on the orange wall upstairs, outside the East Grand Rapids History Room and downstairs on the magnetic wall in the juvenile fiction area (we'll
make color copies and put them in both locations).

The pics should be no bigger than 8x10.

People should write on the back any pertinent info
i.e. fish size, weight, where they caught it..that would be great! Identification cards will be posted next to each picture.

Saturday, June 27. 2:00pm - 4:00pm

For all ages - Free - No registration required.

Jim Muller- Reed's Lake ecology expert, former high school science teacher. His knowledge of local ecology will give the community insight into the environmental issues facing Reed's Lake.

Chase F. Klinesteker - Spoonplugging instructor. Will show how knowing the geography of the lake bottom will enhance your chances of catching the "big one".

Learn to make your own lures/flies to attract local fish.

In cooperation with a grant from the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation and the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library.